28 Facts About Jerry Robinson


Sherrill David Robinson, known as Jerry Robinson, was an American comic book artist known for his work on DC Comics' Batman line of comics during the 1940s.


Jerry Robinson is best known as the co-creator of Robin and the Joker and for his work on behalf of creators' rights.


Jerry Robinson was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.


Jerry Robinson was born the youngest of five children in Trenton, New Jersey.


Jerry Robinson's mother Mae was a bookkeeper born in Lower Manhattan.


Jerry Robinson's father Benjamin Robinson was an entrepreneur who emigrated from Western Russia, near the Baltic states, in 1895.


Ben Robinson immigrated to the United States to avoid conscription in the Russian Empire, which would have lasted 25 years, and antisemitism in Russia.


Jerry Robinson attended Columbia University for 2.5 years before leaving to focus on comics.


Jerry Robinson was a 17-year-old journalism student at Columbia University in 1939 when he was discovered by Batman co-creator Bob Kane, who hired him to work on that fledgling comic as an inker and letterer.


Jerry Robinson rented a room from a family in The Bronx near Kane's family's Grand Concourse apartment, where Kane used his bedroom as an art studio.


Jerry Robinson started as a letterer and a background inker, shortly graduating to inking secondary figures.


Jerry Robinson was always behind - he was always whiting out things and re-inking them.


Bob's stuff was so sketchy, Jerry Robinson had to do a lot of work.


Jerry Robinson came to me with a playing card of the Joker.


Jerry Robinson brought in a playing card, which we used for a couple of issues for him [the Joker] to use as his playing card.


Jerry Robinson was a key force in the creation of Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and the villain Two-Face.


Jerry Robinson worked on numerous other characters for several publishers, at one point doing freelance illustrations for a textbook publisher.


Jerry Robinson did a political satire cartoon panel feature, Still Life which began national syndication on June 3,1963.


Jerry Robinson was president of the National Cartoonists Society from 1967 to 1969 and served a two-year term as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists starting in 1973.


On May 26,2007, DC Comics announced that Jerry Robinson had been hired by the company as a "creative consultant".


Jerry Robinson was among the interview subjects in Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, a three-hour documentary narrated by Liev Schreiber that premiered posthumously on PBS in October 2013.


Jerry Robinson died in his sleep at age 89 on the afternoon of December 7,2011 in Staten Island.


Jerry Robinson's survivors were his wife, Gro and two children.


In 1974, Jerry Robinson wrote The Comics, a comprehensive study of the history of newspaper comic strips.


Jerry Robinson won the National Cartoonists Society Award for the Comic Book Division in 1956, their 1963 Newspaper Panel Cartoon Award for Still Life, their 1965 Special Features Award for Flubs and Fluffs and their Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.


Jerry Robinson was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2004.


Jerry Robinson received the Sparky Award for lifetime achievement from the Cartoon Art Museum at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International.


Jerry Robinson received the Inkpot Award at the 1989 Comic Con.